The Effects of Praise

“The greatest accomplishment is in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”                                                                                       ― Vince Lombardi

Praise can be a powerful motivating force if parents follow these guidelines:

• Be sincere and specific with your praise.

• Praise kids only for traits they have the power to change.

• Use descriptive praise that conveys realistic, attainable standards.

• Be careful about praising kids for achievements that come easily.

• Be careful about praising kids for doing what they already love to do.

• Encourage kids to focus on mastering skills—not on comparing themselves to others.

Besides, it’s equally important to be sensitive to your child’s developmental level.

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